Secret Lives report reveals Internet influence

Published: September 1, 2011

MORE than 50 per cent of respondents in a survey on men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgenders were Christians and Fijians of Indian descent.

And most of them said they found their sex partners on the Internet.

This was among findings of a report from Fiji on MSM and transgenders – the first of its kind with information dating back to 1998.

The report Secret Lives, Other Voices was presented at the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Busan, Korea last week. The report said nearly one third of respondents were Hindus and 13.2 per cent were Muslim.

According to the report which involved 212 MSM and transgenders, straight men weren’t so much attracted to their male counterparts.

The research received a response rate of 89.6 per cent and involved MSM and TG community members of various ethnic backgrounds in every stage of the research process.

The project involved staff members and volunteers from the AIDS Task Force of Fiji’s Amithi Project based in Suva, and the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) based in Sydney, Australia.

Respondents ranged in age from 18 to 51 years and the median age was 25.5, the report said.

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